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image by Ivan Sache , 27 October 1999

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From Crampton (1989) [cra89] "The Complete Guide to Flags", page 38, the flag of the President of Cuba, described as "A blue square with the arms in the center within 6 white stars."
Randy Young, 30 April 1999

This is correct according to "Album des Pavillons" [pay] , at least at first sight. However, I have a problem with the berries. This image, as well as that in "Album des Pavillons", shows red berries both on the oak (viewer's left) and laurel (viewer's right) branches. I object that the oak produces brown acorns and not red berries! The laurel berries are mainly by groups of three, whereas those of the "Album" are by groups of two only (symmetrical with the oak "berries"). The cross on the base of the fasces is green on this image, but red according to the "Album". To complicate matters, I checked the "Flaggenbuch" [gfb39], which shows the presidential flag (1939, so long before Castro) with only four stars (one in each corner), a smaller coat-of-arms, including a red cross, an oak branch with acorns (by groups of two), and a laurel branch with red berries as you depicted them.
Ivan Sache, 2 May 1999

The Cuban Presidential Flag is not commonly used. I lived 18 years in Cuba and I just learned of its existence through your site. At some point you wonder why is there a change in the Presidential Flag from 4 to 6 stars. I may give you a clue by saying that up until 1975 Cuba was divided into six provinces Pinar del Ri'o, La Habana, Matanzas, Las Villas, Camaguey, and Oriente.
Carlos M. Ramos , 7 Febuary 2000

From Album 2000 [pay00] - Turquoise square flag with Coat of Arms in the middle (height ca. 2/3 of hoist) surrounded by six white stars.
Do we have any idea when the four starred presidential flag was "upgraded" to six stars?
Željko Heimer, 3 June 2001

Slightly different version

image by Poon Tat Ming William posted in I Love Flags on 16 March 2013

Flag of the President of Cuba,
Poon Tat Ming William posted in I Love Flags on 16 March 2013

Previous Presidential Flag

image by Ivan Sache , 27 October 1999

The former version of the President's flag, according to Flaggenbuch [gfb39], as already described above .The shade of blue is lighter and there are only four stars. The coat of arms is smaller (inscribed in a square of side equal to 1/2 of the flag side).
Ivan Sache , 27 October 1999